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2014 staff picks

After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2014 Top 10 lists, and leading up to Christmas we will be posting individual lists here on the website. Visit the store to view the lists in realtime and shop our special '14 Staff Picks display. Let the judgment begin!

VIEW STAFF LISTS HERE

[ give the gift of music ]

give the gift of music

The Record Exchange has 60 hand-picked new CDs sale-priced at $9.99 for your holiday gift-giving, and you can send music to our troops overseas, too.

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[ idaho ho ho 2014 ]

idaho ho ho 2014

The 2014 installment of the Idaho Ho Ho benefit holiday CD is now available at The Record Exchange. Proceeds from sales of the CD go to the Idaho Foodbank!

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The Record Exchange is a proud partner with Boise's Payette Brewing Company! Enjoy Payette Brewing Company beer (and for free!) at Record Exchange events such as Record Store Day, the annual holiday Bonus Club Sale and our singer-songwriter Birthday Bash celebrations!

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[ go listen boise ]

go listen boise

Go Listen Boise is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization with the mission of fostering a vibrant and diverse musical culture in the Boise area.

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rx amazon store

Visit The Record Exchange's Amazon Marketplace store to shop for rare and discount CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books. Live in Boise? Order online and arrange for in-store pickup!

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[ rx holiday hours ]

rx holiday hours

Friday, Dec. 19: 9am-10pm (coffee/gift shop opens at 7:30am)

Saturday, Dec. 20: 9am-10pm

Sunday, Dec. 21: 9am-9pm

Monday, Dec. 22: 9am-10pm (coffee/gift shop opens at 7:30am)

Tuesday, Dec. 23: 9am-10pm (coffee/gift shop opens at 7:30am)

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24: 8am-6pm

New Year's Eve, Dec. 31: 10am-7pm (coffee/gift shop opens at 7:30am)

New Year's Day, Jan. 1: 10am-9pm (coffee/gift shop opens at 9am)

[ best of 2014 vinyl sale ]

best of 2014 vinyl sale

Our friends at Beggars Group — which includes such fine indie labels as Matador, 4AD, XL and True Panther — released some great albums in 2014, and to celebrate, we’re offering 14 titles on vinyl on sale through January 15!

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[ black friday exclusives ]

black friday exclusives

Black Friday is over, but The Record Exchange still has dozens of vinyl and CD exclusives you can’t get anywhere else in the Treasure Valley!

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[ buy rx gift cards online! ]

buy rx gift cards online!

Record Exchange Gift Cards can now be ordered for picky music fans from anywhere in the world!

Whether you live in town and want Aunt Sally in Sheboygan to stop sending you a Sears Gift Card, or you're Aunt Sally in Sheboygan and want to send your favorite RX shopper some store dollars, a Record Exchange Gift Card offers the perfect online shopping experience — and we'll ship it anywhere you want it to go!

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[ rx top 10 ]

rx top 10

1. Idaho Ho Ho 2014
Various Artists
2. The Endless River
Pink Floyd
3. Hooray for Love
Curtis Stigers
4. 1989
Taylor Swift
5. Hozier
Hozier
6. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
Lucinda Williams
7. Rock or Bust
AC/DC
8. Cheek to Cheek
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
9. That’s Christmas to Me
Pentatonix
10. The Basement Tapes Raw
Bob Dylan and the Band

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September 14th, 2012

$9.99 SUB POP BACK TO SCHOOL SALE; POST A PHOTO OF OUR DISPLAY AND HELP US SCORE A GLOW-IN-THE-DARK BEACH HOUSE LP TO GIVE AWAY!

To celebrate the start of the new school year, we are teaming up with Sub Pop this September to offer you hearty discounts and opportunities to win rare Sub Pop treats!

Select Sub Pop CDs (see list below) are on sale for $9.99 all month, and one lucky customer will win a prize pack featuring a variety of rare and out-of-print Sub Pop items, including 7-inches from Beach House, Dum Dum Girls, Still Corners (flexi-disc) and The Vaselines!

Now here’s the really cool part, but we need your help. Using the tag #BeachHouseGLOW, tweet/instagram a picture of your favorite Sub Pop title from the sale display and you will get a shot at winning a way out-of-print, be-the-envy-of-all-your-friends Beach House Bloom LP on glow in the dark vinyl! (There are only 250 copies on the planet. We didn’t do well at math, but we are pretty sure that some sort of “supply” and “demand” thing makes this record rare or something.)

The ten stores with the most pictures (remember, you must use the hashtag and tag The Record Exchange!) will win the glow in the dark vinyl to be given away at their store. Photos must be posted before Monday, Sept. 17!

$9.99 Sub Pop Back to School Sale titles:

Beach House – Bloom
Beach House – Teen Dream
The Helio Sequence – Negotiations
The Head and the Heart – The Head and the Heart
Poor Moon – Poor Moon
Father John Misty – Fear Fun
King Tuff – King Tuff
THEESatisfaction – Awe Naturale
Niki and the Dove – Instinct

March 7th, 2012

MEMORYHOUSE (SUB POP) IN-STORE THURSDAY, MARCH 8 (5PM); ALL AGES!

Memoryhouse will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 8. As always, this Record Exchange in-store performance is free and all ages. Memoryhouse is opening for Cloud Nothings at Neurolux later that night and we have tickets for sale at the store!

ABOUT MEMORYHOUSE

Memoryhouse formed some five years ago in the depths of Southern Ontario, Canada, in a mid-size town called Guelph as a collaborative project meant to serve as an artistic outlet for composer Evan Abeele and photographer Denise Nouvion. Evan, a dedicated student of classical music and a pop-music encyclopedist, intended Memoryhouse to be a multimedia art project, pairing his instrumental compositions with Denise’s photographs and short films. Testing ways to blur the boundaries between genres, to weave a synthesis of music and photography, they experimented with themes, lyrics and multiple layers of instrumentation. Nouvion’s soft, ethereal voice anchored the frozen textures of Abeele’s compositions with frank sentimentality—a unique approach towards humanizing the electro-pop compositions they were creating. The results, at once timeless and new, were impressive and in September 2011 Sub Pop released a fully re-recorded, remixed and remastered version of the band’s 2010 self-released, digital-only EP, The Years.

The new album is called The Slideshow Effect, and its title speaks to what hasn’t changed for Memoryhouse: their continuing interest in the synthesis of the aural and the visual. It refers to the photographic/cinematic technique of zooming and panning to animate still images, often used in documentary film making to give movement to archival photographs. The 10-track album, produced by Abeele, with assistance from friend, collaborator, and occasional Memoryhouse bassist Barzin Hassani Rad, finds Memoryhouse heading toward a new clarity in composition as well as sound; a more organic direction for artists who are, in their own words, transitioning from a “bedroom recording project” into a fully realized band. Nouvion’s voice has never been more present than on the new album, which finds her stepping away from Memoryhouse’s past reverbed sound in favor of a more upfront, and intimate vocal approach. They half-seriously refer to their new sound as “Taylor Swift with Built to Spill as her backing band.” However The Slideshow Effect might be described, we fully-seriously love it.

November 23rd, 2011

SUB POP TOPS BLACK FRIDAY FLASH SALE: $9.99 CDs FROM WASHED OUT, FLEET FOXES, THE HEAD & THE HEART!

The Record Exchange has had a long-time crush on Sub Pop, so naturally we were blushing with excitement when we heard about the Sub Pop Tops Black Friday Flash Sale.

The RX is teaming with Sub Pop to give you special $9.99 Black Friday weekend (the whole weekend, not just Friday) sale prices on the following top-selling Sub Pop 2011 CDs:

Washed OutWithin and Without
Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
The Head and the HeartThe Head and the Heart

October 6th, 2011

IT’S ALL FUN AND GAMES WHEN YOU’RE NAKED AND CHILLWAVING, BUT FAST FORWARD 18 MONTHS AND THE NAKED AND CHUBBY BYPRODUCT OF YOUR LOVE IS SPELUNKING IN YOUR TOILET